As part of the celebrations to mark the centenary of foundation of International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) in July, 1910, a booklet produced by the Joint Board of Geospatial Societies entitled „Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management: Examples and Best Practices“ was published.
Best practice booklet

The venue was the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA) in the Vienna International Centre. The event was attended by a select group of diplomats, administrators and scientists and was followed by a press conference.

In his opening remarks, David Stevens of UN-OOSA welcomed the guests and remarked that this is a landmark booklet as it puts together some very interesting case studies. Marc Cygan, President, JBGIS, briefly dwelt on the rationale for the booklet and its intended audience. He was of the opinion that it would be useful not only for the present but for the future as well. Sisi Zlatanova, one of the editors, traced the process of the creation of the booklet and the challenges associated with writing for politicians who are the intended audience. Piero Boccardo, another editor, illustrated the approach of the case studies with the example of the Haiti earthquake.

At the press briefing chaired by T Doi of UN-OOSA, chairperson of the press briefing, commented that the booklet was the result of a partnership between UN-OOSA and JBGIS and its success indicated that there is a need to work together in the future as well. Orhan Altan, while responding to questions about open data policies, capacity building, integration with national and international disaster mitigation bodies, use of local information, etc indicated that it was still ‘work in progress‘ and the booklet was the first of many such initiatives in the pipeline.

Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management: Examples and Best Practices is available for free download from the ISPR website.

About fjbehr

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Behr, Professor of Geoinformatics at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences ( His specializations include * Internet, Internet GIS * XML, GML, SVG * Data exchange and Interoperability * Visualization * Open Source Solutions * Consulting Member of the DIN working group NA 005-03-03 AA "Arbeitsausschuss Kartographie und Geoinformation" (Sp CEN/TC 287+ISO/TC 211). He is the author of two authoritative books on GIS in German, one is "Strategisches GIS-Management", published by Wichmann Verlag (2004). The second is "Einführung in Geographische Informationssysteme" (1997).

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